Originally posted by pork99
If the current crisis continues for any extended period, I hope it will not, the lack of affordable broadband risks putting Irish SMEs at even greater disadvantage.
It is definitely a big hurdle that Irish companies and consumers have to get over....and unneccessary.
The current tech meltdown could see, like already this week, air flight bookings reduced, as well. Those businesses will need inexpensive communications, as their neibhours in UK, Germany, the whole EU and US have, or else they will just go out of business with yearly bills of £20,000+ for even basic 128k leased line type installations (which still isn't good enough for telecomms).
And home users? The people who *buy* the stuff? Well, without broadband, you won't stay online for very long, you won't browse to those business sites and see if they have stuff to sell. You will prob stick to the US sites as they are more guaranteed to not have closed down.
Ireland needs consumer spending to avoid a recession. The spending must be on Irish-based business, because all those foreign ones will be pulling out if anything looks dodgy.
Eircom are single-handedly bringing about consumer and business recession which could be avoided. Fine the ****ers for screwing up the country. I would be online all the time, I would order over the net if I could download the 50MB movie of the product, I would buy from Tesco's online supermarket, whatever......but over 56k I'll stick to email, Slashdot, and Sky Digital (which for all thigns, is cheap and reliable)(hmmm, digital....I wonder if they could get broadband on it).